In today’s #muscleoftheday we have the vastly over blamed muscle for a majority of what people consider hip of sciatica like pain, the piriformis muscle.
The muscle is so over blamed that it even has a syndrome named after it!
Anytime you hear a word with syndrome associated with it when it comes to musculoskeletal injuries you can automatically assume that it really means nothing and the person diagnosing you with it is guilty of any of the following:
1. They have to make up something to appease the insurance companies.
2. The person actually doesn't understand basic anatomy of the hip and muscles around it.
3. They were taught WRONG by someone else who also doesn't know basic anatomy,
We live in a world of what I call “point and assume” diagnosis. If it hurts in a particular area we point to it and make broad assumptions that it just has to be this muscle because thats where it hurts.
This type of thinking has actually steered people in the wrong direction and actually keeps them from getting an accurate diagnosis.
I myself have some pretty bad experience with what was called Piriformis Syndrome when I was in graduate school.
I was actually having an acute injury to my disc in my low back and was in a ton of pain. I was still relatively new in the school so I hobbled my way into the clinic. (Side note here I was doing some dumb stuff in the gym, but that’s a story for another time.)
I dragged myself into the clinic to see my student doctor, who was being oversaw by the clinic director.
I was “diagnosed” with Piriformis Syndrome and the student doctor proceeded to grind his elbow into my sciatic nerve and hip, very excruciating.
I felt good for 20 minutes, then I got worse!
Why did I get worse?
Because I didn't get the proper diagnosis, which led to the wrong treatment and more pain.
There is a lot of value in getting a proper diagnosis for your problem and if you have just been given the one of Piriformis Syndrome or Sciatica you will be doomed.
Here are few real diagnosis of what could really be causing your “ Piriformis Syndrome”:
1. Lumbar Disc Injury.
2. Sciatic Nerve Entrapment with adhesion.
3. Hip degeneration.
Now those are real diagnoses and that can only come from a doctor who clearly knows what they are doing and the best in the world are trained in IntegrativeDiagnosis.